This is an authentic vintage 40s era Chinese Cheongsam jacket made of a woven brocade silk satin fabric. Stylistically, it has more of the design elements of a 1930s piece, such as a longer silhouette and shoulder caps, but I do think that it is a little later. The fabric is woven with bamboo and other foliate motifs. It is machine woven and finished. It closes with six frog closures in matching fabric and is unlined. The collar is made in typical Cheongsam fashion with decorative stitching and made in a narrow standing style. It has a matching fabric belt that cinches at the waist.
Sizing: No size is indicated, but this should fit a medium size - please rely on the following exterior measurements for fit, keeping the style of the jacket in mind:
Shoulders: 14” across from seam-to-seam and 17” across including the shoulder caps
Sleeves: 24 1/2” from the shoulder seam, 22 1/2” from the shoulder cap
Bust: 38” around, taken under the arms
Waist: 32” around
Overall length: 29”, measured flat
Condition: In very good condition with no wear or tear but with two light stains (see last close-up photo) at the centre front. I haven’t tried to treat the stains, but they kind of blend into the colour of the jacket in any case, so I’d say that they shouldn’t bother anyone too greatly. Otherwise, this jacket was obviously treasured and well kept over the years.
This is a lovely quality jacket - beautiful fabric, this is quite a striking piece!